‘Complete streets’ plan to revitalize downtown Hicksville needs $22M to fund improvements

Downtown Hicksville’s chaotic jumble of roads and walkways is set for a $22 million pedestrian and bicycle-friendly makeover — if the funding can be secured.

Nassau County last week released its “complete streets” plan for the area around the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station that is poised for revitalization.

“When you’re adding apartments or for housing or any kind of development at all you want to make sure that … you can accommodate any increased population or traffic, and you also want to look at how you can make things safer,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in an interview. “You also want to look at how to make it more attractive.”

The complete streets report recommends adding 1.75 miles of bike lanes, new street crossings for commuters, extending sidewalk curbs to shorten the distance to cross streets, building median islands at wide intersections, making sidewalks and curb ramps compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and other improvements.

The plan was developed in cooperation with officials from Oyster Bay, the New York State Department of Transportation, the LIRR and local organizations.

The complete streets proposal would complement expected development. Oyster Bay was awarded a $10 million state grant in 2017 to revitalize downtown Hicksville. That grant will fund LIRR station access improvements, new public spaces and mixed-income housing. The Oyster Bay Town Board is expected to rezone the area and is considering an application for a mixed-use residential and commercial development at the former Sears site.

The most expensive recommended project in the complete streets report is $5.9 million for improvements to sidewalks and adding bicycle parking to the heart of downtown Hicksville, a half-mile stretch of Broadway from Old Country Road to John Street that is lined with small stores. Another large proposal is $5.2 million

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